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New man Mykay takes the wheel at BSM
New man Mykay takes the wheel at BSM
Mykay Kamara is the new director of BSM, the UK’s largest driving school.
Mykay, 40, takes over from David Walker as part of a planned transition in the leadership of BSM. David has been managing director for the last 12 months and is staying with BSM until the end of the year as senior advisor to the business with specific responsibility for instructor recruitment and training.
The changes at the top were among several structure changes at RAC, of which BSM is a part and signified the first step of the planned handover from David Walker to Mykay Kamara.
Mykay, who was previously BSM’s director of transformation, said: “I am delighted to be heading up such a dedicated team of people, striving to improve driving standards among learner drivers and developing new ways of reaching out to new road users.”
“BSM is currently going through a substantial investment and change programme, which will strengthen its market position and reflect RAC’s commitment to both the business and the brand.”
Mykay’s new senior management team is head of finance Rob Cox, head of commercial development Andy James, interim head of instructor operations Peter Farmer and head of IT and change, Juliet Hunter.
Among a number of people who have left BSM as a result of the structure changes is George Johnson, who was head of instructor operations and had been with BSM for 30 years.
Mykay said: “The legacy George leaves will endure long into the future and he will be missed by many of his BSM colleagues. We all wish George well for the future.”
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Notes to editors
Founded in 1910, BSM is the UK’s most experienced national driving school. Each year it teaches over 170,000 learners how to drive. It has over 100 BSM centres and 3,000 BSM instructors across the UK.
While BSM is best known for teaching learner drivers, it is also one of the largest providers of training for driving instructors. It is a founding member of ORDIT (Official Register of Driving Instructor Training) and plays an active role in lobbying the government on road safety and learner driver related issues. It is the largest driving training organisation of its kind in the world.
With around seven million members, RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, windscreen repair and replacement, learning to drive, vehicle inspections and checks, legal and financial services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information - RAC is able to meet motorists’ needs. RAC incorporates BSM, RAC Auto Windscreens, RAC Direct Insurance and HPI.
Aviva bought RAC last year. The acquisition brings together RAC's powerful brand and customer base with the expertise and leading position in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance (part of Aviva). Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer, insuring one in seven motor vehicles and with a market share of around 14 per cent.
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